Origin of methylFrench méthyle, back-formation ; from méthylène: see methylene
Origin of methylFrench méthyle, back-formation from méthylène, methylene; see methylene.
French chemists Jean-Baptiste Dumas and Eugene Peligot, after determining methanol's chemical structure, introduced "methylene" from the Ancient Greek Î¼ÎÎ¸Ï… (methy, “wine") + á½•Î»Î· (hulÄ“, “wood (patch of trees)") with the intention of highlighting its origins, "alcohol made from wood (substance)", but with Greek language errors: the Greek for "wood (substance)" is xylo- (Ancient Greek Î¾ÏÎ»Î¿Î½ (ksulon, “wood")). The term "methyl" was derived in about 1840 by back-formation from "methylene", and was then applied to describe "methyl alcohol".
- (organic chemistry) Used to form terms describing the attachment of a methyl group